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What type of aquascaping tools are needed? I am about to purchase several, but I could spend a ton on them, anything you all find most useful? Tank is 72x24x30


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Scissors, 2 extra long pin nose pliers (one for holding, one for manipulating at the same time) and I dont consider this a 'tool' but I think having handy mesh, etc is always good.
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Thanks for the advise, I have been looking at buying a few from GLA website.
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I have the same tank and get by with one scissors and one pliers. Loooong handles would be welcome and I could use a second pliers. I recently DIYed something to help insert root tabs; it takes all I've got just to touch the gravel in center back.

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I have the same tank and get by with one scissors and one pliers. Loooong handles would be welcome and I could use a second pliers. I recently DIYed something to help insert root tabs; it takes all I've got just to touch the gravel in center back.
Thanks for the advise, so my stand going to be around 35 inches tall, how tall is your stand?

Do you have to put on your wet suit when working on the tank?
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What type of aquascaping tools are needed? I am about to purchase several, but I could spend a ton on them, anything you all find most useful? Tank is 72x24x30
Hi FishStix,

That is a really deep tank and will provide some challenges not only for tools but lighting and possibly circulation. I'm 6'3" and have a 24" deep tank. It is on a 30" tall stand and I am glad it isn't any taller.

+1 on the long handled tools. I have a 12" tweezers and 10" scissors that I use regularly and a 6" tweezers that I use less often.

24" tall tank

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Hi FishStix,

That is a really deep tank and will provide some challenges not only for tools but lighting and possibly circulation. I'm 6'3" and have a 24" deep tank. It is on a 30" tall stand and I am glad it isn't any taller.

+1 on the long handled tools. I have a 12" tweezers and 10" scissors that I use regularly and a 6" tweezers that I use less often.

24" tall tank
Thanks for the info and picture, so I have not made a finally decision on the tank, but that what I was about 99% set to order. I have to let the LFS know next week. I am starting to think I would be better off to get the 180, which is 72x24x24. I would like to get longer tank, but don't have anymore room for 8ft tank.
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HAHA. I use a wet suit even working on my 6 gal.
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Thanks for the advise, so my stand going to be around 35 inches tall, how tall is your stand?

Do you have to put on your wet suit when working on the tank?
My stand is 27" tall and I use a step stool to really get into the tank. It is not a hardship, just a requirement, and you will certainly need something similar.

No wet suit. I get wet. Once - not sure how - my nose got wet.

I have the taller tank because I have taller fish. If you will house something else, it might be easier with the 24" tall tank. But think it through. Some plants really look their best with a taller tank: swords, balansae, large vals, even stem plants. So forget the practical aspects - you can deal with either if you are committed - focus on what it is you really want to do with this tank.


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My stand is 27" tall and I use a step stool to really get into the tank. It is not a hardship, just a requirement, and you will certainly need something similar.

Hi tomfromstlouis,

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Hi tomfromstlouis,

Nice Angels (Altum?)!! MASI member? Know Gary L /rainbowfish?
thanks, yes. Yes. Yes.

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